As I mentioned in my Back to School post, I woke up this morning with a sore throat. As the weather is drastically changing and fall seems to be just around the corner, I find the best way to fight the flu is by supporting your immune system with ‘Change of Season Soup’. It’s easy to make and you can find a pre-mixed package of the dried ingredients at The Big Carrot or in China Town, Toronto. If you want to pick up your own ingredients separately, here is the list of herbs with the reasons for their uses in Asian Medicine terminology:
Change of Season Soup
1. Codonopsis Root- Helps tonify and strengthen “Qi” energy and helps to build Blood and nourish body fluids.
2. Astragalus Root- Helps strengthen protective defenses, strengthen “Qi” energy, nourish the Spleen, and tonify the Blood and Lungs.
3. Dioscorea (Chinese yam) Root- Tonify and balances the Lungs and the Kidneys.
4. Chinese Lycii Berries- Strengthen the Liver and Kidneys.
Directions: Use equal parts of each herb (2-3 oz) added to a large pot of water (~4L). Bring to a boil and then simmer for 4-6 hours. Remove the herbs and drink the broth or use as a soup base. For added flavor and nutrients, feel free to add chicken, ginger, garlic, goji berries, carrots, celery, onions, pepper, cloves and/or salt.
Try out this recipe and let me know what you think. For more information please email me at AlisonChen.ND@gmail.com.
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